Scott Wins Second Canadian Tour Crown In Texas

By Marty HenwoodMarch 10, 2002, 5:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeSteve Scott of Wellington, Fla., may have finally erased a six-year old curse Sunday by winning the Canadian Tours Texas Classic.
The 24-year old Scott, now into his second season with the Tour, fired a final round 3'under 69 at Kingwood Country Clubs Forest course in Houston for a 72-hole total of 274. He won by one shot over Roger Tambellini and former U.S. Amateur champions Hank Kuehne (1998) and Jeff Quinney (2000). Wes Martin of Calgary (T24) was the top Canadian at 1-under.
For Scott, who also won last years TELUS Vancouver Open, his second Canadian Tour triumph in as many years will likely mean he wont have to answer as many questions about the final day of the 1996 U.S. Amateur Championship as he has in the past. That day, Scott saw a big lead over Tiger Woods evaporate over the final holes before eventually losing to Woods in a playoff.
Im not sure if this will put that to rest, but it should help, said Scott, adding he has yet to play in a tournament where he hasnt been asked about that match-up with Woods. Of course, I still wish I could have won, but finishing second is something that I will always be known for. With this win, hopefully, it will push it further back in peoples minds.
Ranked the top putter in the tournament, Scott, who took home $24,000 with the win, missed a chance to pull ahead of Quinney earlier when he lipped out on six-foot putts on the ninth and 10th holes. He finally took the lead for good when he grabbed par on the 12th while Quinney, in trouble off the tee, struggled to a bogey. Hitting his second shot on the par-4 final hole from 198 yards, Scott hit a 4-iron onto the green and two-putted. Quinney had a chance to force a playoff, but his 50-foot attempt rolled six inches by the cup.
I think I played strong most of the week, said Scott, who had just one bogey over his final 54 holes. Even when I missed those putts, it was frustrating, but I stayed patient and told myself to hang in there. On the final hole, all I was thinking was get it on and two-putt. If you dont make any big mistakes when it is all on the line, youll probably come out on top.
After leading through each of the opening three rounds, Quinneys chances for a victory hinged on that final lengthy birdie try. Using almost perfect weight, the ball just wouldnt turn toward the hole at the end.
I was surprised it wouldnt break, but thats the way it goes, said Quinney. I didnt play my best today, but things werent going my way. But hats off to Steve - hes a good player and stepped it up when he needed to. Id like to get another chance at him over the next few weeks.
Playing four groups ahead of the leaders, Kuehne almost stole the show by firing an 8-under 64, one shot shy of the course record set Friday by Scott. On Saturday, Kuehne eagled the 10th hole to get to 4-under on the day before reeling off four straight bogeys en route to a 3-over 73.
Heading into Sunday, the 26-year-old trailed Quinney by seven strokes before lighting up Kingwood.
On Saturday, I played the hardest part of the course well, but coming home I couldnt buy I break, even when I hit great shots, said Kuehne, regarded as one of the longest hitters in the world. I didnt hit the ball all that well, but my putter bailed me out. Most people know if anyone can make birdies, its me. I just need to limit those mistakes. But its always good to know you can play well when you need to.
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'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”

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Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”

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Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

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Ball headed O.B., Stone (68) gets huge break

By Mercer BaggsJuly 19, 2018, 2:14 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Brandon Stone knew it when he hit it.

“I knew I hit it out of bounds,” the South African said following his opening round in the 147th Open Championship.

Stone’s second shot on the par-4 18th, from the left fescue, was pulled into the grandstands, which are marked as O.B. But instead of settling in with the crowd, the ball ricocheted back towards the green and nearly onto the putting surface.

Stone made his par and walked away with a 3-under 68, two shots off the early lead.

“I really didn’t put a good swing on it, bad contact and it just came out way left,” Stone said. “I feel so sorry for the person I managed to catch on the forehead there, but got a lucky break.

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“When you get breaks like that you know you’re going to have good weeks.”

It’s been more than just good luck recently for Stone. He shot 60 in the final round – missing a 9-foot birdie putt for the first 59 in European Tour history – to win last week’s Scottish Open. It was his third career win on the circuit and first since 2016. It was also just his first top-10 of the season.

“A testament to a different mental approach and probably the change in putter,” said Stone, who added that he switched to a new Ping Anser blade model last week.

“I’ve been putting, probably, the best I have in my entire life.”

This marks Stone’s sixth start in a major championship, with his best finish a tie for 35th in last year’s U.S. Open. He has a missed cut and a T-70 in two prior Open Championships.